In July 2009, Digital Manga Publishing released a mammoth 520-page complete collection of "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka's early long form adult oriented work Swallowing the Earth. Few copies were printed, and the significant work soon became a hard to get item. Citing their small size as the need for a fundraiser, DMP has launched a Kickstarter to help produce a new Swallowing the Earth print run.
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Hello from Digital Manga!
We are a small American publisher and retailer of manga (Japanese comics). Two years ago, we published an incredible piece of sequential art by "god of manga" Osamu Tezuka (the creator of Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Blackjack and many others) called Swallowing the Earth. It was the first book he meant strictly for adults and it had never been published in English before. Unfortunately we printed too few copies, and the book is no longer available anywhere (except on eBay for exorbitant prices). Fans are constantly asking us to print more of the book, but simply put, we're a small company, this is an expensive book and we can't afford to put up the cash for another print run. Because we love this book so much and we want Tezuka to be around in English for everyone to enjoy, we are hoping to raise funds for another printing of this important book through Kickstarter instead. All of the licensing and production work is already done, and printing and delivery should take just 30-60 days (our delivery estimate listed on our rewards is as conservative as we can possibly be).
We're here because we believe Kickstarter can be a new way to fund niche manga titles in the United States. If this campaign is successful, you WILL see more, including premium editions of other older books and even new titles that would NEVER make it over to the U.S. without fan support.
Why this target and what if you raise more?
We selected this target because it's the bare minimum we need to bring back the book, in terms of printing, shipping and royalties costs. If we make more, we will be able to print more! It's that simple.